Obviously, I am the odd one out. I have to say right off I am not a big fan of amish books. Honestly how many love stories can you come up with when you are limited to such a narrow way of life. I do respect the amish people but why if you are a christian and happen to fall in love with an amish person do you have to live their way so strictly or you are frowned upon. Apoarently a lot of readers think it is romantic to call your children kinner, not be able to have pictures of remembrace of your times together and be marriedin a plain dress you know you are going to be buried in. I do not think of love, I think it is morbid. Also the story was very predictable.
Well, I'm a quilter and a huge fan of Amish fiction. So it stands to reason that this book appealed to me. I thought the love story between Jenny and Matthew was so sweet. This was the first time I'd read a Barbara Cameron solo work and I was not disappointed.
Jenny is a war correspondent who has been injured when a car bomb blew up near where she was standing. She goes to stay with her Amish Grandmother while she recuperates. Next door to her Grandmother's house lives Matthew a widower with three children. Jenny and Matthew became close in the past as teenagers when Jenny would visit her Grandmother in the summer time. Matthew's three children become quite smitten with Jenny and the feeling is mutual. Josiah a church elder isn't pleased that Jenny is around. He is afraid that she will bring the Englisch world into their Plain world. As the story line unfolds Jenny finds that she is in need of another surgery. Jenny has feelings for Matthew. She believes she can never have children because of the severe injuries that she suffered. How could Matthew love a woman so broken?
I found this book to be not only a good read but a fast one too. Once I started the book I couldn't put it down. Barbara Cameron is an excellent story teller that keeps you coming back for more. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, A Time to Heal. I highly recommend this series to all fiction Amish lovers.
Review: A Time to Love - Quilts of Lancaster County #1 - Barbara Cameron- October 2010
Isn' t it slightly odd , I seem to have a knack for reading series out of order and back to front as I have previously read and reviewed Book #2 of Quilts of Lancaster County - A Time to Heal on my blog and today readers, I have A Time to Love - Book #1.
In A Time to Love we are presented with war correspondent Jenny King , whom injured in the war has come back to stay with her grandmother in her Amish Community. For Jenny, this is a big step for her as she left along with her father , the Amish community when she was sixteen years old. However , in Jenny's time in the community she is about to get a blast from the past as she meets back up with Matthew , a father and a widow as his wife passed away and left him to raise his daughters. As the novel gets on, we see Matthew and Jenny's feelings for each other intensify and re-ignite what they had in the past , however Can Matthew get pass the scars on Jenny both physical and emotional and can he love her now that she is an Englischer and is Jenny ready to accept becoming a mother and having an instant family and is she ready to ease the Amish way of life back into her values and behaviours ?
Has too much time passed for Matthew and Jenny to be together or with God's help , can these two find their way back into each other's hearts ?
Find out in Barbara Cameron's A Time to Love , just what God ordered.